Bringing Kids to DFS: K-12 Arts Activities on Campus
We know that encountering the performing arts in any setting can have a lasting impact on a young person. We also know that that visiting a major University campus to experience the arts in a professional performance venue can offer inspiration and new perspectives.
Each year, DFS programs a series of large-scale performances along with smaller workshops and art-making activities suited for different age groups.
We’ve been welcoming public school students to UCLA for 50 years. We invite you and your students to become part of that tradition by joining us at one of the following programs.
These hour-long, grade-appropriate matinee events allow students to discover diverse art forms with professional artists from Los Angeles and around the world. Held in professional performance venues like historic Royce Hall, Demonstration Performances offer a full theater-going experience with uniformed ushers and printed programs. Educational materials are provided to each participating teacher, and include information about the artists involved, the specific art form or genre, and discussion/activity guides to help teachers and students contextualize and make personal connections to the performance.
Performance Workshops & My Special World
DFS workshop activities provide an opportunity for students to interact with artists in a hands-on setting. Held behind the scenes in the Royce Hall Rehearsal Room, workshops are intended for smaller groups of 50 to 150 students, depending on the artist and art form. My Special World Workshops include hands-on arts experiences geared for our youngest audiences, grades 2-4. Performance Workshops are targeted specifically to older students and offer participatory activities and artist-led discussions that provide a glimpse into the creative process.
Workshops are scheduled throughout the school year for various age groups, so be sure to check our events calendar often.
All events are held on weekday mornings, usually at 10:30am.